Personal Account of the SkillsUSA Baking Competition

Written by Ethan Schwalm

I have recently participated in the SkillsUSA baking competition. This was my first time competing, so I didn’t do the best compared to the more experienced competitors; but, I had fun and learned a lot from it. This competition was only 3 hours and it was very difficult, but I could not back down in this challenge.

(These pictures were taken after the Judges looked and tasted them.)

These were Parmesan and herb scones (I know they look like biscuits). They had little too much salt in them but were still good.

The Sugar Cookies came out perfectly. They were not burned and very soft.

I did not make the puff pastry since it would have taken days to do, but I did make the lemon custard inside them and made them into that square shape. I did forget to egg wash the top of them though.

GEEZ, my cake was terrible. I was running out of time in the end so I could not finish it. I couldn’t not turn something in for judging, so this was the best I could do. It looks like a toddler made it.

In the end, I learned a lot and had fun, and that was all that mattered to me. It was one of the most stressful things I ever had done…and I cannot wait to do it again next year.